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Benedict Cumberbatch joins cast of ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ adaptation? (Photo Credit – Getty Images)
The English star Benedict Cumberbatch was hired for the adaptation of “Dungeons & Dragons”.
The 44-year-old joins the cast on the upcoming big screen project that includes Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez and Rege-Jean Page, reports aceshowbiz.com.
“After narrating the animated film, Benedict couldn’t be in the film version. Filming was also in the UK so it came in handy for him, ”a source told The Sun newspaper.
This isn’t the first time Cumberbatch has appeared in a fantasy adaptation. He previously voiced Smaug and Sauron in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trilogy.
Dungeons & Dragons, due for release in 2023, was filmed at locations such as Wells Cathedral in Somerset, Alnwick Castle in Northumberland and Carrickfergus Castle in Ireland, where Rodriguez was spotted on a disguised scooter on her way to the castle.
Benedict Cumberbatch, who produces and stars in the upcoming film The Mauritanian, says he picked up the book Guantanamo Diary, on which the film is based, and read it from start to finish. The star claims he was just blown away by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, whose life inspires the story.
Based on harrowing events after September 11th, “The Mauritanian” follows the story of Slahi (played by Tahar Rahim), who was captured by the US government and detained without trial in Guantanamo Bay for years. It is an inspiring account of surviving against all odds while Slahi struggled for freedom.
Cumberbatch, the producer of the film, is also writing the character of Lt. Col. Stuart Couch, Military Prosecutor.
“I picked up the book and read it from start to finish and was just blown away by Mohamedou, his humanity and humor, his extraordinary perseverance, the fact that he survived all of this and came out for all of us to teach the untiring joy of the human spirit. I was totally enchanted by him and his story was heartbreaking and disturbing, ”he said.
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